Code for America is a 501(c)3 non-profit that envisions a government by the people, for the people, that works in the 21st century.
Our programs change how we participate in government by:
- connecting citizens and governments to design better services,
- encouraging low-risk settings for innovation; and,
- supporting a competitive civic tech marketplace.
The Fellowship is Code for Americaai??i??s best known program and consists of a one year residency placing developers, designers and researchers within local governments. Over the course of the program, fellows and government partners build apps, inspire new thinking amongst public servants and tackle some of our countryai??i??s toughest problems.
The Brigade network is an ongoing effort to deploy, maintain and sustain civic technology and open data infrastructures. Each Brigade is comprised of local volunteers and government employees who connect for regular hack nights, discussions and app development.
The Civic Startups program offers entrepreneurs mentorship in navigating the government procurement process and building sustainable businesses. Teams contribute to an emerging civic tech ecosystem where competition breeds innovation, governments get value for dollar, and most importantly, citizen needs are met.
The Peer Network is where government officials and public servants connect to share civic tech resources, best practices and open data policies. Through regular trainings, events and discussions, civic innovators are changing governments from within.
In 2013, Code for Americaai??i??s programs expanded to drive change in governments internationally. Lessons from the Fellowship, Brigade and Peer Network are being cascaded to local governments across the globe.